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USA - Belgium Soccer: Prediction, Updated Betting Odds, Tactical Analysis For 2nd Round Game
IBT ^ | June 30, 2014 | Jason Le Miere

Posted on 06/30/2014 12:36:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

Having survived the “Group of “Death,” Jürgen Klinsmann is now aiming to make the United States the last country standing at the 2014 World Cup.

Klinsmann was criticized by many for stating ahead of the competition that it was unrealistic for the U.S. to leave Brazil with the World Cup trophy. While the reaction to his largely innocuous comments was overblown, there's certainly a greater air of positivity as the team prepares for its Round of 16 match with Belgium. And rightly so.

When the draw was made for the World Cup in December, few gave the U.S. a chance of prevailing from a group that contained perennial challengers Germany, a Portugal squad featuring the world’s then best player Cristiano Ronaldo, and Ghana, the country that ended American hopes in 2006 and 2010.

Instead, a last-gasp win over Ghana provided the perfect springboard for qualification and a point against Portugal proved enough, despite a defeat to Germany. Defender Omar Gonzalez, who made his first start in the 1-0 loss to Germany, emphasized the high ambitions now permeating through the camp.

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The U.S. will be attempting to match its best achievement at a World Cup, other than a third-place finish in 1930 when just 13 teams competed, of a quarterfinal berth reached in 2002. That World Cup also marked the last time the Yanks' opponents reached the knockout phase or even a major international tournament.

After a 12-year drought, Belgium has lofty expectations fueled by the finest generation of talent the country has produced since the reaching the semifinals in 1986. They can count among their squad Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and Zenit St. Petersburg’s Axel Witsel, each of whom have changed hands for more than $45 million in the past two years.

(Excerpt) Read more at ibtimes.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: soccer
LOL--and Fellaini is worth all the money Manchester United spent on postage.

In any case:

Betting odds (bovada.lv)
In 90 minutes:
Belgium win:  21/20
USA win: 5/2
Draw: 13/5

To progress:
Belgium: 20/37
USA: 31/20

When and where: The 2014 World Cup Round of 16 match will kick off from the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador at 4 p.m. ET. TV coverage will be provided by ESPN.


1 posted on 06/30/2014 12:36:25 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

It sounds like Altidore will play. Whoa Nelly!


2 posted on 06/30/2014 12:42:02 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: 1rudeboy

Fellaini was a David Moyes “bring him along” buy. And since we all know what a failure Moyes was ...


3 posted on 06/30/2014 12:43:08 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I can’t see him being healthy enough to play more than as a sub.

Vermalaen now out. Kompany iffy at best. That back line for belgium could be real vulnerable. Thinking speed like Johanssen and Diskerud in this game could be a real game changer.

The US are getting what may be a gift in a lot of health issues for Belgium right now.

Hope they can take advantage!


4 posted on 06/30/2014 12:46:44 PM PDT by MNlurker
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To: 1rudeboy

When will this Soccer-Rama finally be over? They had all of the last two weeks to scream and shout about it. I think the main reason soccer seems to be “taking off” in the viewer ratings this year is mostly due to it’s transplanted fan base. Many of the same Central Americans illegally being lured across the border by the Dems are the ones most fervently watching on TV or internet.


5 posted on 06/30/2014 1:06:05 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: lee martell

Thanks for the quick summary of the dumbest comments available about the World Cup.


6 posted on 06/30/2014 1:09:07 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: lee martell

Because you just know “transplants” begin cheering for the U.S. soccer team the moment they cross the border. Seriously, could you do a little homework before telling the rest of us what you “think?”


7 posted on 06/30/2014 1:09:23 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
"USA - Belgium Soccer: Prediction,"

Boredom.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

8 posted on 06/30/2014 1:11:04 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: wku man

Then don’t watch, little pussy-willow.


9 posted on 06/30/2014 1:11:54 PM PDT by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: safeasthebanks

“It’s just too hard to score, and the other teams are just too good. It’s boring. Waah.”


10 posted on 06/30/2014 1:14:28 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Both Fellaini and Altidore have been called the worst trades in the Premier League.


11 posted on 06/30/2014 1:15:17 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: lee martell
When will this Soccer-Rama finally be over?

The day after the World Cup ends it'll be like driving thru Punxsutawney, PA the day AFTER Groundhog Day... you'll be vaguely aware that 'something happened', but you won't be able to remember 'what'.

12 posted on 06/30/2014 1:22:33 PM PDT by Tallguy
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To: Tallguy

Kind of like the Super Bowl, then. Thanks.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 1:24:28 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: lee martell

Yes, I see what you mean.

14 posted on 06/30/2014 1:34:36 PM PDT by Obadiah (None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Obadiah

A fraction of the size of a crowd at any College or NFL game on any given Saturday or Sunday in football season.


15 posted on 06/30/2014 1:39:13 PM PDT by pgkdan (ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE ANTICHRIST!)
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To: lee martell
When will this Soccer-Rama finally be over?

Not soon enough!

16 posted on 06/30/2014 1:40:29 PM PDT by pgkdan (ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF THE ANTICHRIST!)
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To: 1rudeboy

To me that is what makes soccer so intense - it IS hard to score. It makes EVERY run towards the goal the opportunity to WIN the game. It makes EVERY blocked pass a huge thing - even at midfield. It is like 4th down & 5 on the 1 yard line with 2 seconds on the clock, but for every play. (Well - sort of.)


17 posted on 06/30/2014 1:44:49 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Obadiah

Oh, boy. Look at all those illegal aliens.


18 posted on 06/30/2014 1:54:52 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: pgkdan
As a (amateur) sports economist, I'd like to have someone explain the relevance of arguing that another sport has more fans.

Because it really appears to me that the argument boils down to, "my stadium's bigger." LOL

19 posted on 06/30/2014 1:56:56 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 21twelve

It’s like a pitcher’s duel. Some of the best baseball games are the 1-0, 2-1 games.

You know that one hit can make the difference. Everything is magnified.

In other sports, you make a mistake, you quickly overcome it......In soccer, make just one mistake and that could be the ball game.


20 posted on 06/30/2014 2:01:55 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Some of the best baseball games are the 1-0, 2-1 games.

"Best" if you like defense, not offense.

Most people like to watch scoring.


21 posted on 06/30/2014 2:22:28 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: safeasthebanks
That's funny...you call me pussy-willow, yet you watch soccer! Pot, meet kettle.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

22 posted on 06/30/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: wku man

Watching soccer, I haven’t seen a Cialis commercial yet.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 4:09:14 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: wku man; 1rudeboy
Indeed, watching soccer you don't get endless impotence commercials - nor do you have Michael Sam and his special friend celebrating his NFL draft pick on an endless loop.

Also the largest recorded crowd for a soccer match is 200,000 vs. 115,000 for football.

24 posted on 06/30/2014 4:33:31 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: 1rudeboy; All

What if....What if Costa Rica winds up playing the USA for the World Cup ? Who would the world be rooting for ?


25 posted on 06/30/2014 4:44:08 PM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: wideawake
I don't mind anyone pointing-out that other sports are more popular than soccer in the US. Who cares? Must I tell my niece not to play lacrosse for that reason, if she wants to do it?
26 posted on 06/30/2014 4:46:18 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: mosesdapoet

Since we’re in the same bracket, the latest we could meet would be the semifinals. My money would be on the US. The world? Who knows...


27 posted on 06/30/2014 4:48:23 PM PDT by Textide
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To: mosesdapoet

That’s a good question. I would wager that folks would cheer for Costa Rica, because it is the Cinderella team. But there really is no reason to think that far ahead.


28 posted on 06/30/2014 4:56:19 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Lacrosse is slowly becoming more and more popular. My son played for many years. My daughters for one season - but joined before fully realizing they can’t hit like the boys can! Also - beginning lacrosse can be frustrating due to the skill needed to just catch and throw the ball. Sort of frustrating like tennis I suppose when it is hard to get a volley going at the beginner stages.

That is one thing about soccer - if the ball doesn’t go exactly where you want it (like home plate, lacrosse stick, or wide receiver), it is pretty forgiving for beginners.


29 posted on 06/30/2014 5:31:58 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: 1rudeboy

Because, to soccer fans, such drugs are unnecessary and their commercials acknowledged as pornographic.


30 posted on 06/30/2014 5:38:53 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: 1rudeboy
Yeah, I never see 'em when I'm out hunting, either.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

31 posted on 07/01/2014 11:36:12 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: wideawake
And when you're hunting, fishing, mountain biking, or participating in any number of outdoor sports, you're not sitting on your fat a**, on the couch, being lobotomized by a bunch of low-IQ Leftist sports "personalities", either. The only sport I watch is college basketball, a winter sport which happens when deer, elk, and bird seasons are over, and the lakes are frozen over. Of course, there is snowshoeing to be done, so I don't catch every game.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

32 posted on 07/01/2014 11:40:47 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I do like the one ad, where they show all the newborn babies and somebody asks, “What happened nine months ago?”


33 posted on 07/01/2014 11:42:59 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: 1rudeboy; wideawake
Besides all that, of course you're not going to see a Cialis commercial during a soccer game...it's a sport for women.

Scouts Out! Cavalry Ho!

34 posted on 07/01/2014 11:45:24 AM PDT by wku man (Veterans, it's up to us to save the Republic...let's roll.)
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